Huntsville Speaks: Arcade Bars

We’re on round-up number two in response to our call for ideas asking what would inspire you to spend more time downtown?

Last week we took at look at some concepts for our most requested addition for downtown: a pub theatre.  And this week we’re keeping the ball rolling with your second most requested addition: Arcade Bar!

What is an arcade bar?  Well basically it’s exactly what it sounds like, the mashup of a bar and arcade, with the result being a place to drink great craft beer and get geeky over vintage arcade games… which is basically the most amazing combination of things I could imagine for downtown Huntsville.

Here’s a round-up of our top picks for arcade bar concepts from around the country:

Barcade – Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY

The original that started it all. Born from the minds of beer and video game lovers, Barcade in Brookyln has craft beer on tap with arcade games from the 70s and 80s. Classic title only cost 25cents to play!

Kung Fu Saloon – Austin, TX

Located in downtown Austin, Kung Fu Saloon steps things up a notch offering nights that features: live music and occasional film screenings!

Two Bits Retro Arcade – New York City, NY

Stacked with more than twenty arcade classics from the 80s and 90s, gamers can reminisce while ordering craft beer, forties, wine, and sakes from their perch at the bar.  Movies are even projected on the back wall!

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade – Portland, OR

Stepping into Portland Orgeon’s Ground Kontrol might feel a little bit like stepping inside the movie Tron, thanks to it’s glow-in-the-dark tables and lines.  The venue operates over 60 classic video games and 27 pinball machines along with a full service bar after 5pm.  Also not content to just be an arcade, the venue hosts guest DJs, comedy shows, trivia nights, game tournaments and rock band karaoke!

Atlas Arcade – Washington, DC

Most of the spots that fall under the “arcade bar” categorization are focused on classic arcade games from the 80s and 90s. But Atlas in the District of Columbia is different, with an emphasis on console games – the kind you can play at home, but without this kind of cool and social atmosphere.

16-Bit Bar+Arcade – Columbus, OH

A unique twist on the arcade bar concept is 16-Bit Bar+Arcade in Columbus, OH.  Instead of pay to play games,  all the arcade games at 16-Bit Bar + Arcade are free, as long as you buy a drink that is.

Now it’s your turn to let us know what you think! Could you see one of these concept fitting in downtown Huntsville!?  Did we miss any of your favorite arcade bar concepts?  Let us know in the comments below!

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5 thoughts on “Huntsville Speaks: Arcade Bars

  1. I think it’s a great idea. Especially since Curse, the video game company, is also in downtown HSV, I feel like this would lend to more activity downtown, more young people, and more of a downtown scene.

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